Indulge in a healthy tradition
Saint Lucia has a history of offering rejuvenating and restorative treatments. In the late 1700s, King Louis XVI of France ordered the construction of baths fed from the hot mineral-rich springs of Soufrière’s volcano, to allow his troops to benefit from the therapeutic powers of the waters. You can soak in the restored baths in the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, and in bathing pools at the nearby Sulphur Springs you can cake yourself in purifying mud – the ultimate natural spa treatment.
Relaxing spa resorts and retreats
Many hotels in Saint Lucia offer spa sessions in rather more sophisticated surroundings. Resembling a mini-Alhambra, the vast, award-winning Wellness Centre at the BodyHoliday has possibly the most comprehensive array of spa treatments of any hotel in the Caribbean. One session each day – perhaps a Lucian Lime and Ginger Scrub, a Saint Lucian Sizzler full body massage, or seawater hydrotherapy – is covered in the all-inclusive rates, along with various fitness and relaxation classes such as yoga, pilates and t’ai chi.
Several other hotel spas occupy memorable locations. At Ti Kaye’s spa, open-air treatment rooms are set into the cliffside, and enjoy spectacular sea views. At Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, the Rainforest Spa lives up to its name. Sessions take place in gazebos perched on stilts above a gushing stream and forest floor. A temascal – an Amerindian steam dome – links the complex to Saint Lucia’s earliest settlers, and unique bamboo massages are available.
Visitors at The Auriga Spa at Marigot Bay Resort and Marina can enjoy the outdoor ambiance of a steam inhalation room, Jacuzzi, and sauna cabana. A welcoming, grounding ceremony, employing carefully selected herbs is designed to prepare the body for the spa ritual.